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Kalitta Motorsports News

Richie Crampton sat

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.739 sec. at 167.09 MPH
Q2: 5.474 sec. at 124.52 MPH
Q3: 3.987 sec. at 248.84 MPH
Q43.822 sec. at 318.09 MPH

Starting Position: 5th
First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen

Quotable: "It has been a pretty exciting weekend thus far. We are qualified well; Rob and the Kalitta Air guys are doing a good job. It looks like we are on the good side of the ladder, so I am ready for tomorrow."

Doug Kalitta sat

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.706 sec. at 173.65 MPH
Q2: 8.319 sec. at 50.37 MPH
Q3: 4.338 sec. at 203.83 MPH
Q43.862 sec. at 310.91 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Tony Schumacher

Quotable: "A tough qualifying weekend for the Mac Tools team, but we made a good pass in the final qualifying pass to move up the ladder a little bit. We have a tough draw in the first round, but we will be ready." 

Shawn Langdon sat

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car 

Q1: 4.193 sec. at 305.82 MPH
Q2: 4.048 sec. at 315.34 MPH
Q3: 4.067 sec. at 316.15 MPH
Q45.062 sec. at 154.32 MPH

Starting Position: 8th
First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson

Quotable: "We had a great car in qualifying. We made three runs down the track in this Global Electronic Technology Camry, with two in the 4.0 second range. I messed up on that last run and got the car out of the groove. Part of being a rookie. We still have lane choice in round one and have some information from that run that we can use. I feel good about tomorrow."

JR Todd sat 

 J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.824 sec. at 174.12 MPH
Q2: 4.083 sec. at 305.01 MPH
Q3: 4.703 sec. at 180.28 MPH
Q46.880 sec. at 99.68 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Ron Capps

Quotable: "We definitely struggled thus far in Denver. Hopefully we can get it figured out before first round tomorrow because we have a tough opponent, but I have faith in my DHL guys that we can get the job done."

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta ready for another Denver win

Denver Highlights: One win (2010); Four finals (2009, 2003, 2001, 1999); Two no.1 qualifiers (2006, 2002)

Last Event Recap (NHRA New England Nationals): Qualified ninth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Terry McMillen in the first round, lost to Leah Pritchett in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Mile High Nationals Recap: Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Greg Carrillo in the first round, lost to Antron Brown in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I am excited to get on the road for the Western Swing. The Mac Tools team is working hard and we are looking for some great performance this weekend.”

Career Stats: 471 starts; 641 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Three finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond); 18 round wins; fifth in the standings

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; Kalitta is one of four drivers to win in Top Fuel for Connie Kalitta (Doug, Connie & Scott Kalitta and J.R. Todd)

Richie Crampton

Crampton plans on continuing streak of solid performances

Last Event Recap (NHRA New England Nationals): Qualified 10th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Scott Palmer in the first round, lost to Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA Mile High Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “I feel that it is go time for Kalitta Air Toyota team. We are coming off two solid outings and are making our way deeper into the top 10. We are looking to have a strong Western Swing beginning with Denver.”

Career Stats: 91 starts; 84 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); Nine round wins; Ninth in the standings

Shawn Langdon 

Langdon looking for first Denver win

Last Event Recap (NHRA New England Nationals): Qualified third; Semifinalist (Defeated Jim Campbell in the first round and John Force in the quarterfinals, lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round)

2017 NHRA Mile High Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; First round loss (Lost to Terry Haddock in the first round)

Quotable: “I haven’t had too much success in Denver, but it is one of my favorite stops on tour with great fans. It is a great way to start the Western Swing. The Global Electronic Technology team has been working hard to prepare for this race with the changes that it requires, so we are ready. It is a fun unique race in a beautiful setting. The Bandimere family does a great job, and I am excited to be headed to Denver.”

Career Stats: 218 starts; 257 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 13 starts; 10 round wins)

2018 Season: 13 starts; 10 round wins; ninth in the standings

Noteworthy: Langdon claimed the 14-year old Junior Dragster championship at Bandimere Speedway in 1997.

JR Todd 

Todd returns to the site of first career win

Denver Highlights: Two wins (2014, 2006)

Last Event Recap (NHRA New England Nationals): Qualified seventh; First round loss (Lost to Tim Wilkerson in the first round)

2017 NHRA Mile High Nationals Recap: Qualified eighth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Tim Wilkerson in the first round, lost to Jim Campbell in the quarterfinals)

Quotable: “I am excited about the Western Swing as it is one of my favorite times of the year. Racing on the mountain is a major challenge and I’d love to add a Funny Car win there.”

Career Stats: 185 starts; 184 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 37 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 35 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 17 round wins; sixth in the point standings 

Noteworthy: Todd will match his entire round win total from the 2018 season (18 round wins) with a first round win on Sunday; Todd scored both his first career win (2006) and first win for Kalitta Motorsports (2014) at Bandimere; Todd is also the only pro driver to have a win on the Western Swing the last four seasons (2014: Denver, 2015: Seattle, 2016: Sonoma, 2017: Sonoma)

Sawn Langdon Epping 

Langdon advances to his fourth semifinal of the season

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team had a strong weekend in Epping with his fourth semifinal finish of his first Funny Car season.

The strength was shown early in qualifying as Langdon scored the third-best qualifying pass on the Friday evening session. That gave the Global Electronic Technology driver a bonus point and his career-best start aboard a Funny Car. 

The third starting spot meant Langdon faced 14th qualifier Jim Campbell in the opening round. Langdon made the early move on Campbell and was streaking away before Campbell had bigger problems. Langdon was easily to the stripe first.

In the quarterfinals, Langdon faced John Force. Nicky Boninfante and Kurt Elliott turned up the tune-up and lowered their elapsed time in the first round despite the increase of temperatures. Langdon's 4.314 second pass was the best of the round and gave Langdon the round win over Force and lane choice over Tim Wilkerson in the semifinals.

In the semifinal round, Langdon was able to get the jump on Wilkerson at the tree and the Global Electronic Technology Camry was ahead early. However, Wilkerson was able to drive around by the 330 foot mark and was able to score the close victory.

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 3 (3.976 sec., 321.42 mph) 

E1: Langdon defeated Campbell - 4.152 sec., 304.80 mph to 4.837 sec., 173.47 mph

E2: Langdon defeated J. Force - 4.134 sec., 307.93 mph to 4.204 sec., 262.39 mph

E3: Langdon defeated by Wilkerson - 4.144 sec., 305.42 mph to 4.118 sec., 309.91 mph

Quotable: “We’ve really done a good job the last couple of races of turning our Global Electronic Technology Toyota around and gaining consistency. We’ve had a couple little gremlins that we’ve also worked out. Our test session at Norwalk really went well. I think it translated into what we were able to accomplish this weekend. We have a Camry that can repeat and is consistent. We feel that now we have a pretty good baseline tune-up that we can go off of. Today, we were able to make three great runs – 4.15, 4.13 and 4.14 and I think we’re in the ballgame now. I think if I can fine-tune my driving a little bit and we continue to fine-tune the set-up a little bit, we’re going to have a pretty bad hotrod. I’m excited to go to the Western Swing.” 

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Bob Tasca III by 50 points for 10th; trails John Force by 18 points for eighth

Doug Kalitta Epping

Kalitta gets an Epping round win

Race Recap: Doug Kalitta took the Mac Tools Toyota to the second round of eliminations at the New England Dragway before falling to no.1 qualifier Leah Pritchett.

Kalitta's qualifying passes did not yield the desired results as the Mac Tools machine failed to make it to the stripe with a full pass. They were still able to qualify ninth despite only one pass crossing 300 mph. 

In the first round, the Mac Tools driver drew Terry McMillen. The pair left together and both did not make clean passes but Kalitta wheeled his Mac Tools machine to the stripe first moving him to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Kalitta faced Pritchett. He was able to get a hundredth off of the starting line, but shortly after the Mac Tools Toyota had major tire smoke and Pritchett made a clean pass to score the round win. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 9 (3.874 sec., 303.64 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated McMillen - 4.143 sec., 275.45 mph to 4.175 sec., 268.49 mph

E2: Kalitta defeated by Pritchett - 4.900 sec., 212.46 mph to 3.888 sec., 316.30 mph

Quotable: “It was nice to get a round win today for Mac Tools and all of our supporters. We would have liked to get more, but we will go home and get ready for the Swing."

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Antron Brown by 84 points for sixth; trails Leah Pritchett by 19 points for fourth

Richie Crampton Epping

Crampton advances to the quarterfinals

Race Recap: Richie Crampton earned a second straight first round win this weekend in Epping.

The DHL/Kalitta Air machine had a great run to close qualifying in the heat of Saturday. Crampton's 3.884 second run was top five of the session and moved him inside the top ten qualifiers for the New England Nationals. 

In the first round, Crampton faced one of the drivers he is battling with for a top ten spot, Scott Palmer. Crampton moved first and although the DHL/Kalitta Air ride failed to make a clean pass, Palmer suffered bigger woes and Crampton was able to move on.

In the quarterfinals, Crampton drew Tony Schumacher. This time, the DHL/Kalitta Air driver had near immediate tire smoke. Schumacher made a clean pass to advance. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 10 (3.884 sec., 316.97 mph) 

E1: Crampton defeated Palmer - 4.291 sec., 246.98 mph to 8.093 sec., 88.54 mph

E2: Crampton defeated by Schumacher - 5.316 sec., 138.33 mph to 3.906 sec., 318.54 mph

Quotable: “It was a pretty constructive day for our DHL Toyota team. Our win over Scott Palmer in the first round was huge. We’re all very close in the point standings with Scott, Mike Salinas and myself all sort of duking it out right now, so to get that win was pretty crucial. We’re back up to ninth in points. Now we want to try to get deeper into the top-10 before the Countdown. You always want to go a little further, but now we’ll have to do it in Denver.”

Point Standings: Ninth; leads Mike Salinas by 16 points for 10th; trails Brittany Force by 112 points for eighth

JR Todd sunday

Todd suffers close first round loss

Race Recap: J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team suffered a close first round loss today in Epping.

Qualifying did not lead to the results the DHL team would have liked as Todd made just one clean pass, but it was a good one. Todd and the DHL Camry crossed the line in 4.021 seconds on Friday evening and secured another top half start. 

Todd and Wilkerson both made great passes in the heat of New Hampshire. Unfortunately for Todd, he came out on the wrong side of the closest side-by-side race of the session as his 4.132 second effort came up short against a 4.091 for Wilkerson, despite Todd's stellar efforts at the starting line. 

Statistics:
Qualified: No. 7 (4.021 sec., 319.67 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Wilkerson - 4.132 sec., 306.19 mph to 4.091 sec., 313.29 mph

Quotable: "From the time we unloaded this weekend, we never really hit the ground running. I hate that all the ground we made up we gave back. We will head back to the shop, regroup and get this DHL/WIX Filters Toyota Camry ready for the Swing." 

Point Standings: Sixth; leads Tommy Johnson Jr. by 108 points by seventh; trails Robert Hight by 29 points for fifth

Doug Kalitta Saturday

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.894 sec. at 281.42 MPH
Q2: 3.874 sec. at 303.64 MPH
Q3: 4.519 sec. at 180.67 MPH
Q44.827 sec. at 157.54 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Terry McMillen
Quotable: “Not the qualifying portion of the weekend we were hoping for with this Mac Tools Toyota, but I am excited for raceday. I have never won here, and I would like nothing more than to claim a trophy in Epping." 

Richie Crampton Saturday

Richie Crampton, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 6.040 sec. at 103.44 MPH
Q2: 8.617 sec. at 79.12 MPH
Q3: 4.791 sec. at 154.72 MPH
Q4:3.884 sec. at 316.97 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Scott Palmer
Quotable: "Big battle for the top ten in the standings tomorrow. A great run by Connie, Rob Flynn and the entire Kalitta Air team in Q4. I think our run showed everybody else what was out there, but we got down the race track which gives me a ton of confidence going into tomorrow." 

Shawn Langdon Saturday

Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.631 sec. at 181.59 MPH
Q2: 3.976 sec. at 321.42 MPH
Q3: 4.325 sec. at 226.51 MPH
Q46.085 sec. at 108.93 MPH

Bonus Points: 1 pt. (Third best of the second session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Jim Campbell
Quotable: "Our best qualifying effort; we made a great run in the night session on Friday which set the tone for the weekend. We have been working on a couple other little things. Decent draw in the first round. We just have to make a good run down the track. Also, a great spot in the ladder. If we can get by round one, the potential for round two is we could race one of the guys that is close to us in points. We are in control of our own destiny fighting for that top ten spot, and I feel like we have a great race car right now." 

JR Todd Saturday

J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 5.067 sec. at 150.20 MPH
Q2: 4.021 sec. at 319.67 MPH
Q3: 6.546 sec. at 100.47 MPH
Q44.178 sec. at 296.83 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Tim Wilkerson
Quotable: "The track is definitely presenting a challenge for everyone, and qualifying was a little bit of a struggle for us. However, it is good to be in the top half of the field because we will have lane choice tomorrow if that comes into play. We are trying to get Connie Kalitta his first win in New England."

 

Doug Kalitta

Kalitta looking to cross Epping off his list

Epping Highlights: One final (2014); One no.1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Steve Torrence in the first round)

Quotable: “I am really excited to get to Epping. The fans always pack the place out and the racing is great. My Mac Tools team is ready for a rebound and we are looking for a solid race this weekend.”

Career Stats: 470 starts; 640 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 93 finals; 49 no.1 qualifiers (tied 14th all-time)

2018 Season: One Win (Pomona-I); Three finals (Pomona I, Charlotte I, Richmond); 17 round wins; fourth in the standings

Noteworthy: Next no.1 qualifier is 50th of his career; Epping is one of two tracks that Kalitta has not won at (Indianapolis), and the only track that Kalitta Motorsports has not won at

Richie Crampton

Crampton plans to break back into the top ten in Epping

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified 10th; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Pat Dakin in the first round, lost to Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals) 

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Did not compete

Quotable: “After a well deserved weekend off, my Kalitta Air/DHL team and I are ready to get back after it in Epping. It is one of our favorite races of the season. We love the way the fans get behind the race, and I cannot wait to strap in on Friday and get it started.”

Career Stats: 90 starts; 83 round wins; Eight wins; 10 finals; Five no.1 qualifiers

2018 Season: One win (Gainesville); Eight round wins; 11th in the standings

Shawn Langdon

Langdon excited for Epping weekend

Epping Highlights: One final (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified eighth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Del Worsham in the first round, lost to Courtney Force in the quarterfinals)

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Qualified sixth; Semifinalist (Defeated Dom Lagana in the first round and Smax Smith in the quarterfinals, lost to Brittany Force in the semifinals)

Quotable: “Epping is an awesome race track with a great fan base. I have been to a final before, but I would love to get Connie and Global Electronic Technology their first win this weekend and my first win in Funny Car.”

Career Stats: 217 starts; 255 round wins; 14 wins; 30 finals; 18 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 12 starts; Eight round wins)

2018 Season: 12 starts; eight round wins; ninth in the standings

JR Todd

Todd ready for return to the winner's circle

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified seventh; Semifinalist (Defeated Bob Tasca III in the first round and Ron Capps in the quarterfinals, lost to Matt Hagan in the semifinals) 

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Qualified eighth; First round loss (Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the first round)

Quotable: “I am ready to hit the gas this weekend and hopefully keep our momentum going. It would be great to get Connie his first win in New Hampshire.”

Career Stats: 184 starts; 184 round wins; 13 wins; 23 finals; 9 no.1 qualifiers (Funny Car stats: 36 starts; Four wins (2017: Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); Five finals (2017: Charlotte-I, Sonoma, Indianapolis, 2018: Las Vegas-I, Houston); 35 round wins)

2018 Season: Two wins (Las Vegas-I, Houston); 17 round wins; fifth in the point standings 

Noteworthy: Todd will match his entire round win total from the 2017 season (18 round wins) with a first round win on Sunday

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Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2718)
2. Clay Millican (2487)
3. Tony Schumacher (2454)
4. Leah Pritchett (2394)
5. Brittany Force (2302)
6. Antron Brown (2291)
7t. Mike Salinas (2259)
7t. Doug Kalitta (2259)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2182)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. J.R. Todd (2553)
2. Robert Hight (2479)
3. Ron Capps (2388)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2367)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2362)
6. Courtney Force (2324)
7. Matt Hagan (2321)
8. Jack Beckman (2283)
9. John Force (2277)
10. Shawn Langdon (2204)

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